Area ESD chief will step down at year's end

After five years of leading the Southern Oregon Education Service District's efforts to provide special education services, staff training and other support to school systems in three counties, Superintendent Steve Boyarsky will retire June 30.

The district's board has hired Kerm Bennett, a consultant with the Oregon School Boards Association, to conduct a search for Boyarsky's replacement. The new superintendent who would oversee ESD services to school districts in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties is scheduled to be hired April 22 and in place July 1.

Boyarsky, 59, said he is retiring to spend more time with his elderly parents, of Modesto, Calif., who will soon move in with him and his wife, Mary, an English teacher at South Medford High School.

The salary for the position is expected to be in the $125,000 to $130,000 range.

It's unclear how large a candidate pool the position will draw because of the state of the economy, Bennett said.

"What we're hearing now is that people aren't willing to leave their districts because of uncertain funding," Bennett said. "That aside, it would be a very attractive job for someone looking to be a superintendent."

— Paris Achen

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